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Summer@Eastman Spotlight: Eastman Summer Trumpet Institute
Joyce Tseng interviews Wes Nance about the Eastman Summer Trumpet Institute.

Summer@Eastman Spotlight: Eastman Summer Trombone Institute
An interview with ESTI director Mark Kellogg, previewing the institute’s 18th summer.

Summer Saxophone at Eastman: A View from Three Angles
Eastman saxophonist Matthias Roth first came to Eastman through our Summer programs. We talked to Matthias and his Summer teachers, Chien-Kwan Lin and Chisato Eda Marling, about Eastman’s Summer experience.

Summer@Eastman Spotlight: Alexander Technique 2023
Join instructor Katie Fittipaldi and explore AT this summer! In-person and online formats available.

Summer@Eastman Spotlight: Eastman Summer Horn Institute
Summer@Eastman Marketing Assistant Joyce Tseng interviews Nikolette LaBonte about this summer’s horn intensive.

Summer@Eastman Spotlight: Summer Organ Academy
We’re excited for the return of the Summer Organ Academy, a program for high school and undergraduate organists. Nathan Laube, Associate Professor of Organ at Eastman, previews this inspiring institute.

Summer@Eastman Spotlight: Summer Classical Studies
An interview with 2015 Summer Classical Studies participant Shira Samuels-Shragg, who is now Assistant Conductor of the Plano Symphony Orchestra.

Summer@Eastman Spotlight: Theory and Analysis of Contemporary Music (Study Abroad Course in Paris)
Professor Robert Hasegawa shares the story of his popular Study Abroad course. Paris, June, IRCAM–c’est magnifique!

Summer@Eastman Spotlight: Eastman Viola Workshop
George Taylor and Katie Dey return to campus this summer to lead this one-week intensive. Violists of all levels and backgrounds will find inspiration and learn something new!

Summer@Eastman Spotlight: You Too Can Sing Gospel Music! – ONLINE
Dr. Crystal Sellers Battle (Eastman’s Associate Dean of Equity and Inclusion and Director of the George Walker Center for Equity and Inclusion in Music) introduces her new Summer course.

Going the Extra Mile: Summer@Eastman Marketing Intern Joyce Tseng
Marketing Intern Joyce Tseng, a DMA student in Viola Performance and Literature, writes about her Eastman experience.

A Summer of Gratitude
Summer@Eastman 2022 returned to campus for the first time since 2019, after two summers of online-only instruction. We are grateful for everyone who participated and everyone who helped make it happen! Enjoy our photobook with images and quotes from a wonderful summer.

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The Flutists’ Destination: The Bonita Boyd International Masterclass Returns to Eastman
Bonita Boyd and Luke Fitzpatrick share stories and memories from The Artistic Flutist: Bonita Boyd International Flute Masterclass, one of Summer@Eastman’s most popular institutes since its debut in 2016.

Summer@Eastman 2022: Acting and Embodiment for Singers
by Raffi Wright
Eastman Opera Theatre’s Lindsay Warren Baker invites singers of all ages to explore creativity and storytelling this summer, in-person or online.

Summer@Eastman Spotlight: Eastman Summer Tuba and Euphonium Institute
by Raffi Wright
Eastman alumnus Scott Tegge returns to campus this summer to lead a new institute for high school, collegiate, and adult tuba and euphonium players.

Summer@Eastman 2022: “We Can’t Wait to Make Music with You!”
by Raffi Wright
A preview of Notes from Scratch, a new online workshop focusing on composition and improvisation, created by Eastman alumnae Hannah Dick and Mina Esary.

Summer@Eastman Spotlight: The Pianist’s Guide to Dance Accompaniment
by Raffi Wright
Eastman alumna Dr. Yoshiko Arahata introduces her new summer institute, available in person or online, for pianists wishing to explore the world of dance accompaniment.

Summer@Eastman Spotlight: Peak Performance Skills – ONLINE
by Raffi Wright
Learn to manage performance anxiety and work with your stress response in this new online course, organized around Dr. Don Greene’s book Performance Success. You’ll learn valuable strategies for thriving in high-pressure situations, onstage and off.

Summer@Eastman Spotlight: Music in Medicine – ONLINE
by Raffi Wright
Gaelen McCormick’s new workshop provides an overview of the many ways music can contribute to health and healing, as well as an introduction to projects underway at Eastman Performing Arts Medicine (EPAM).

Summer Music Leadership Programs for Majors and Non-Majors
Take a look at Summer offerings from Eastman’s Institute for Music Leadership! These programs can enhance your skills at your current position or help you plan for a new career.

How to Fund Your Summer Music Program: A Guide for Students and Parents
by Dr. Sylvie Beaudette
Summer@Eastman Director Dr. Sylvie Beaudette thinks that every music student should have the opportunity to attend a summer program. Here are lots of ideas for ways to find financial assistance and raise funds for your studies.

Summer Intern Raffi Wright: Where He’s Supposed to Be
by Raffi Wright
Summer@Eastman’s Marketing Assistant, senior Vocal Performance and Musical Arts major Raffi Wright, shares his Eastman experience.

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New Pedagogical Works for Advancing Young Cellists
Dr. Daniel Ketter discusses an exciting new project happening at this year’s Virtual Summer Cello Workshop: collaboration with composers to learn and perform newly-commissioned pieces specially written for advanced student players.

Summer@Eastman 2021: Analyzing Contemporary Music
A preview of Professor Robert Hasegawa’s new online course, incorporating material from his popular Study Abroad in Paris class (regretfully cancelled this year due to COVID). Explore the cutting edge of musical composition and structure from wherever you’ll be this summer! (Croissants and chocolate not included.)

“Why are there no women up there?”
ECMS Voice Department Chair Teresa Ringholz’s new summer course will introduce Summer@Eastman students to art songs by women composers through the ages.

Vocal Performance Pedagogy: Networking With Your Larynx
Eastman Professor of Voice Kathryn Cowdrick shares thoughts on vocal pedagogy and previews her Summer pedagogy class.

Virtual Trombone Workshop: Eastman’s First Online Winter Program
Eastman alumna Lauren Rudzinskas, creator of the Virtual Trombone Workshop, brings the program to Eastman in January 2021. We’re excited for our first-ever Winter course!

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Summer at Eastman 2020: An Excellent Online Adventure
by Andrea Schuler, Summer@Eastman Program Coordinator
A look at our first-ever all-online Summer Session (thanks to COVID-19), with faculty and student reflections. We’re happy to report that it went really well!

“Wait, so how many words was that?”: Summer@Eastman 2020 Introduces Spanish Lyric Diction
by Pablo Willey-Bustos
ECMS Voice Instructor (and ESM alumnus) Pablo Willey-Bustos, a native Spanish speaker, can help you learn Spanish Lyric Diction this summer in his new Summer@Eastman course.

Eastman’s Summers-Only Master’s Degree in Music Education Offers “The Whole Package”
Professor Alden Snell interviews two recent graduates of Eastman’s Summers-Only program.

Summer@Eastman 2020: Law & Music: Not As Scary As It Sounds!
by Hannah Pearson
A member of Eastman’s inaugural M.A. in Music Leadership cohort recommends this course, which will be offered on campus (rather than online) during Summer 2020.

Summer@Eastman 2020: Announcing the Eastman Percussion Festival
by Ivan Trevino
Our new percussion institute is sure to be a huge “hit”! Co-director Ivan Trevino previews the Eastman Percussion Festival.

Summer@Eastman 2020: All Things Cello: Eastman Cello Institute, Season 4
by Dr. Cora Swenson Lee
Dr. Cora Swenson Lee, Director of the Eastman Cello Institute, talks about how the institute began and how it has developed over the years.

Summer@Eastman 2020: Balance and Focus for Orchestral Clarinetists
by David Raymond
A preview of Professor Michael Wayne’s first-ever Summer@Eastman institute, debuting in 2020.

Summer@Eastman 2020: Summer Jazz Reflections
by Eli Campbell
ECMS Media & Events Coordinator Eli Campbell interviews two Summer Jazz Studies alumni (Andre Weinberger, saxophone, and Robert Varon, guitar) who are now in Eastman’s class of 2023.

Summer@Eastman 2020: From Publicity to Perotin: A Musicologist’s Journey
by Ashley Fong
An interview with Professor Michael Alan Anderson, director of Summer@Eastman’s “Singing Gregorian Chant and Renaissance Polyphony” institute.

Summer@Eastman 2020: THE UNBROKEN CIRCLE Native American Song and Dance Workshop
by Daystar/Rosalie Jones
We are honored to welcome guest instructor Daystar/Rosalie Jones to Eastman this summer! She wrote this post to introduce herself and her new workshop.

Fall@Eastman: An Internship Experience
by Ashley Fong
Harpist and Arts Leadership Program student Ashley Fong shares what she learned during a semester interning as Summer@Eastman’s Marketing Assistant.

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Summer by the Numbers: Summer at Eastman 2019
by Andrea Schuler, Summer@Eastman Program Coordinator
Read all about Summer Session 2019 in our entertaining annual recap. You might be surprised by some of these numbers!

Summer Orff at Eastman: Last Call!
by Andrea Schuler, Summer@Eastman Program Coordinator
Eastman’s Orff Schulwerk program will be ending this summer, after more than 25 years in the same location with the same group of instructors. Mary Helen Solomon previews the 2019 sessions.

Making Connections: Movement at the Eastman School of Music
by Monica Dale
Movement educator Monica Dale traces the history of modern dance at Eastman and previews MusiKinesis®: Music, Dance, Dalcroze (her new summer institute).

Grow as a Musician with Summer Lessons at Eastman
by Kyle Peters, ECMS Percussion instructor
Don’t let your instrument take summers off! Summer is the perfect time to continue your studies and advance your musical skills. ECMS instructor Kyle Peters explains why summer lessons can be the most valuable lessons you’ll take all year.

An Eastman Summer Program Builds Leadership Skills and Opportunities
by Blaire Koerner, Eastman Leadership Academy Coordinator
The Eastman Leadership Academy will make you a more resourceful, better-connected musician. Read this interview to see how one attendee has already benefited from her ELA experience.

Tongue Twister: Fear of French is a Forlorn Fate
by Sylvie Beaudette, Director of Summer@Eastman and French Lyric Diction instructor
Dr. Sylvie Beaudette (a native francophone from Quebec) introduces her new French Lyric Diction online summer course. Fear not le français!

A View into the Eastman Experience
by Petar Kodzas, Associate Dean and Director of Eastman Community Music School
Eastman’s beloved Music Horizons summer program for young musicians has a new name: Eastman Experience: Summer Classical Studies. ECMS Director Petar Kodzas explains the change.

Saxes Play Well with Others: First Look at the Eastman Saxophone Project (ESP) Institute
by Jarod Lau
An interview with Eastman Saxophone Project’s founding director Chien-Kwan Lin about his newest summer institute.

Summer@Eastman Spotlight: Eastman French Horn Institute
by Jarod Lau
A preview of our newest summer brass institute, open to high school, collegiate, and adult horn players.

Summer@Eastman Spotlight: APSI® Music Theory – Teacher Training
by Jarod Lau
Summer@Eastman now offers College Board-endorsed training for teachers who would like to teach AP Music Theory! Here’s a preview of what to expect at our AP Summer Institute.

The Summer Stepping Stone
by Jarod Lau
Summer@Eastman’s 2018 Marketing Assistant intern (and S@E alumnus) shares his Summer@Eastman story.

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Summer by the Numbers: Summer at Eastman 2018
by Andrea Schuler, Summer@Eastman Program Coordinator
Our annual wrapup: numerical highlights of the season.

The Adventure Music Camp: Experiencing Music Through Performance, Education, and Creation
by Nicole Peter
Adventure Music Camp director Gaelen McCormick introduces the newest ECMS summer offering.

Sharing the Passion: Bill Tiberio Prepares Two Wind Ensembles for Upcoming Concerts
by Nicole Peter
An interview with Bill Tiberio, director of Summer@Eastman’s High School Wind Ensemble Workshop and the Music Educators Wind Ensemble.

Singing Through Your Whole Life: William Weinert Discusses Eastman Summer Sings!
by Nicole Peter
Rochester singers have been enjoying Summer Sings! for over 20 years. Eastman’s Director of Choral Activities, William Weinert, explains why the sings are still highlights of the Summer@Eastman season.

A Wonderful Week of Alexander Technique! Reflections from the 2017 Summer Intensive
by Katie Fittipaldi
An interview with students from last summer’s AT institute.

Get Your Roar On! Summer@Eastman 2018 Trumpet Retreat
by James Thompson and Mike Zonshine
A preview of this summer’s Trumpet and Trombone Retreat at Keuka.

Introducing the Eastman Organ Experience: Summer at Eastman’s High School Organ Academy 
by Caroline Robinson
An interview with Organ Academy alumni.

Students Love the Challenge: Serious Jams at Eastman Summer Jazz Studies
by Hattie Bestul
An interview with Jeff Campbell, Summer Jazz Studies Director.

From Summer Study to a Dream Realized: Reflections on Music Horizons 2015
by Katja Pennypacker
Memories of Music Horizons, from an alumna who is now an Eastman vocal performance major.

Students (and Singers) Onstage: Lindsay Baker’s New Summer Acting Institutes
by Andrea Schuler, Summer@Eastman Program Coordinator
Two new Summer@Eastman programs offer insight for singers and educators looking to expand their theatrical skill set.

Summer Harmonie at Eastman: Introducing the Summer Wind Conducting Institute
by Andrea Schuler, Summer@Eastman Program Coordinator
Mark Scatterday’s new conducting institute gives talented apprentice conductors a chance to work with (and learn from) Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra musicians.

Summer into Fall with Summer@Eastman: The Power of Connections
by Brianna J. Robinson
Summer@Eastman’s 2017-18 Operations and Marketing Assistant shares impressions from her intern experience.

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Summer by the Numbers: Summer@Eastman 2017
by Andrea Schuler, Summer@Eastman Program Coordinator
Our annual “summery summary”: numerical highlghts of Summer 2017.

A Summer “Ode to Joy”
by Kameron Ghanavati
Eastman’s beloved Summer Sings! series returns to Kilbourn Hall. This year’s first selection: Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9.

Old Friends, New Collaboration: Nicholas Goluses and Ricardo Cobo Introduce the Eastman International Guitar Masterclass
by Andrea Schuler, Summer@Eastman Program Coordinator
Nicholas Goluses and Ricardo Cobo team up this summer to teach the Eastman International Guitar Masterclass, a new one-week institute.

“The Physical Reality of Being Human”: Monica Dale Discusses Music and Dalcroze Eurhythmics
by Andrea Schuler, Summer@Eastman Program Coordinator
Instructor Monica Dale previews her new Dalcroze certification course and her work with student conductors in Summer@Eastman’s Choral Artistry institute.

Sound, Mind and Body: Alan Harris’ New Summer Cello Institute
by Andrea Schuler, Summer@Eastman Program Coordinator
The Eastman Cello Institute, a three-week intensive, helps players develop strong technique and a healthy approach to the cello.

Making Connections: Summer at Eastman High School and Middle School Programs
by Jennifer Watson and Shaya Greathouse, Eastman Community Music School
ECMS summer residential programs get rave reviews from students, year after year. Here’s why.

Training the Tenors (and Baritones, and Basses): Vocal Pedagogy at Eastman this Summer
by Andrea Schuler, Summer@Eastman Program Coordinator
An interview with Robert Swensen, Kathryn Cowdrick, and Michael Hanley, the creators of Schubert to Sondheim: Pedagogy for the Male Voice.

Josephine Gaeffke’s Musical Journeys
by Andrea Schuler, Summer@Eastman Program Coordinator
A profile of harpsichordist Josephine Gaeffke, who will present two programs during Summer@Eastman 2017 (Summer Baroque Ensemble and Beyond Performance Anxiety: A Workshop).

Crossing Borders: Summer@Eastman Launches a Unique French Language and Music Academy in Montréal
by Andrea Schuler, Summer@Eastman Program Coordinator
A preview of Summer@Eastman’s French Language and Music Academy, a new study abroad course created by Summer@Eastman Director Sylvie Beaudette.

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An Eastman Summer by the Numbers
by Andrea Schuler, Summer@Eastman Program Coordinator
Our end-of-season wrapup: numerical highlights of Summer@Eastman 2016.

Food for “Improvisation-Hungry Musicians”: Johnandrew Slominski Talks About Classical Music on the Spot
by Andrea Schuler, Summer@Eastman Program Coordinator
Johnandrew Slominski, co-creator of this unique institute, tells us about his journey from improvising for fun to teaching 18th-century improvisation techniques.

“The Physical Reality of Being Human”: Monica Dale Discusses Music and Dalcroze Eurhythmics
by Andrea Schuler, Summer@Eastman Program Coordinator
An interview with instructor Monica Dale, who will teach Dalcroze Eurhythmics at two Summer@Eastman institutes this year.

Combining Forces: Ann Howard Jones Talks About Brahms’s Ein deutsches Requiem
A preview of this summer’s Advanced Choral Conducting institute and questions for visiting guest instructor Ann Howard Jones, by Summer@Eastman Program Coordinator Andrea Schuler.

Cafés, Croissants and Contemporary Music: An Eastman Summer in Paris
Andrea Schuler, Summer@Eastman Program Coordinator, talks with Professor Robert Hasegawa about his Summer institute, Theory and Analysis of Contemporary Music: Study Abroad in Paris.

“All Music Was Brand-New Once”: an interview with Peter Kolkay of Dark in the Song
by Andrea Schuler, Summer@Eastman Program Coordinator

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Bringing Voices of the Past to the Present
Summer@Eastman director Sylvie Beaudette asked Michael Alan Anderson, Associate Professor of Musicology at the Eastman School of Music, a few questions about himself and his brand-new Summer institute: Singing Gregorian Chant and Renaissance Polyphony.

Gaelen McCormick’s Musical Journey from Tanglewood to Keuka
Summer intern Emily Helenbrook sat down with Eastman@Keuka director Gaelen McCormick.

Andrea Schuler joins the Summer team as new Program Coordinator!
Director Sylvie Beaudette introduces Andrea to the Eastman and Summer communities.

Meet the Summer@Eastman Team!
See who is behind the programming and operations of our summer programs.

Eastman@Keuka:  The Beginning
Summer@Eastman intern José Pedro Zenteno sat down with Howard Potter, the mind behind this exciting music camp for students in grades 6-9.

Interview with Organist Caroline Robinson
Summer@Eastman intern José Pedro Zenteno met with organ major Caroline Robinson, the coordinator for a unique new program for high school organists.

What’s “Haydn” in Sibley’s Special Collection
Summer@Eastman director Sylvie Beaudette met with librarian David Peter Coppen to look at very special editions and artifacts related to composer Joseph Haydn, in order to give you a taste of our graduate seminar “Joseph Haydn’s Legacy.”

Eastman Summer Trombone Institute Celebrates its 10 Years!
Mark Kellogg and Jim Martin share their thoughts and passion for this classic Eastman summer institute.

“Magic is All Around You!” an Interview with Petar Kodzas, our New Music Horizons Director
Guitarist Petar Kodzas just added another hat to his Eastman responsibilities.  He shares with us his enthusiasm about Music Horizons and the impact it has on serious high school musicians.

“Eastman Became my Dream School”:  Interview with Weijun Chen, Music Horizons Alumnus
Eastman alumnus and current SUMY Buffalo students shares his thought about Music Horizons’ influence on his musical journey.

“Optimism and Dedication”: an Interview with Kent Tritle
Even though he is busy conducting and administrating Musica Sacra, the Oratorio Society of New York, and the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, Kent Tritle finds time to enrich our summer students’ experience at the Advanced Choral Conducting institute.

Greetings From Burundi
Apollinaire Abonimana started a music school in his native Burundi and felt he needed more tools in Music Education to make it flourish.  He came to Eastman last summer and here’s what he said about his experience.

Nan Gullo Bassett’s Passion for Harps, Modern and Historical
A long-time instructor at Summer@Eastman, Nan Gullo talks about her involvement with the harp community and the Historical Harp Society.

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